Friday, October 22, 2010

Nibby whole wheat sablés

Nibby whole wheat sablés / Sablés com farinha integral e semente de cacau

I’ve been having lots of fun with this beautiful book lately – Anh, Ana Elisa and I will probably start a fan club for Alice Medrich any day now. :D

Besides being a terrific baker, Ms. Medrich has a great sense of humor: it’s written on her recipe that these (delicious) cookies can be stored for 1 month – like they are going to last that long. :D

Nibby whole wheat sablés / Sablés com farinha integral e semente de cacau

Nibby whole wheat sablés
from Pure Dessert

1 cup (140g) all purpose flour
scant 1 cup (112g) whole wheat flour
1 cup (2 sticks/226g) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup (200g) caster sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup cacao nibs

Whisk the all purpose and whole wheat flours together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar, salt and vanilla for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy but not fluffy. Mix in the cacao nibs. Add the flours and mix just until incorporated. Scrape the dough into a mass and, if necessary, knead with your hands a few times, just until smooth.
Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a log – each should be 5cm (2in) in diameter. Wrap in baking paper – look how Martha does it here – and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or, preferably, overnight.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F; line two large baking sheets with baking paper. Use a sharp knife to cut the logs of dough into 6mm (¼ in) slices. Place the cookies on the prepared sheets 1.25cm (½ in) apart. Bake until the cookies are light golden brown at the edges, 12-14 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking. Let the cookies firm up on the pans for about 1 minute, then carefully transfer them to a wire rack using a wide metal spatula.
Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Makes 48 – I halved the recipe above and got 23 cookies


Rachel said...

ooh I love cacao nibs! These cookies look delicious. The book sounds great too. I'll have to check it out!

mari said...

YUM! and I, too, am a big Alice Medrich fan. I've learned so much about chocolate from her - and there's a lot to learn. Have a super weekend, Patricia!

Torviewtoronto said...

simply delicious snack

Patty said...

Cacao nibs are the best! Little bits of bitter dark chocolaty crunchiness in a shortbread cookie = awesome. Nice sablés P :)

The Urban Baker said...

sables are my all time favorite cookie. these look like the perfect little treat. you've done it again, patricia!

naomi said...

Fab job on the nibbies.

On another note, I LOVE Alice Medrich, I have every single one of her books and she is my baking hero!

Viv said...

wow this is the nicest/healthiest sable ive seen - with whole wheat + cocao nibs! :D
you've convinced me to buy that cookbook now as well :)

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Oooh, I've got a bit of a thing about cocoa nibs at the moment, so this recipe is right up my street.

And there's no way those cookies are going to last a month. NO WAY! ;-)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

That book is high on my wishlist. These sable cookies look fun and delicious. Love the texture of cocao nibs.

Anonymous said...

I think I've got cacao nibs hiding out in my pantry... I think I'll need to try these out!

Abby said...

When the weather turned cooler about a week ago I pulled out my A. Medrich cookbook, too. Something about it just screams fall and comfort to me!

Deeba PAB said...

A friend just sent me some caco nibs, and I totally love Alice Medrichs style of baking! WOOT...this is a lucky find Pat.TY TY TY!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Rachel, thank you! That book is great, I highly recommend it!

Mari, so you'll be joining our fan club, right? ;)
Have a beautiful week, sweetie!

Torview..., thanks!

Patty, thank you, my dear! I've become addicted to the strong flavor of the nibs. :D

Susan, dearie! I love sablés, too - they're so delicate yet very flavorsome!
Thank you!

Naomi, thank you! I can't wait for her cookie book to be released. :D

Vivienne, I'm glad you're convinced - that book is great!
Thank you!

A Forkful..., hahha, you are SO right! Mine were gone in no time. :D

Xiaolu, I'm sure you'll love that book, sweetie!
Thank you!

Michelle, I'm sure you'll love these!

Abby, you are right! I've had an eye on her honey panna cotta - very comforting!

Deeba, thank you, dearie! I'm sure you'll rock her recipes!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Patricia!

After seeing these I decided to make them... they turned out gorgeous. The sablés didn't even last the afternoon. That cookbook is now on my must have list.

Patricia Scarpin said...

I'm so glad to hear you made them! And liked them, too! Thank YOU for letting me know how they turned out!

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed said...

Lovely! I'm sure these wouldn't last long :)
Heidi xo

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